Philadelphia West Catholic three-star defensive end Tymir Oliver maintained since February that a visit from mom would be the final step in his recruitment. Oliver brought his mother to Rutgers, and stuck with the plan by committing at the end of his afternoon.
Visiting alongside his mother and two siblings, Oliver left Rutgers as a commit.
“She liked it and I like that she liked it,” said Oliver, who named Rutgers his leader early in the process. “She supported my decision. She’s had my best interested in her mind, and she could tell that I liked the school, so the visit was very good. …She really likes how it’s set up at Rutgers. Not every college is set up the way Rutgers is. The academic advisors for football players and seeing the facilities and the football players’ locker rooms, she loved it.”
Oliver verbally committed on his visit, and said he cannot wait to play for defensive coordinator Joe Rossi and defensive line coach Jim Panagos.
“It was great to commit,” he said. “They were thrilled to have me.”
Oliver gives Rutgers versatility in its 2016 class. The Scarlet Knights already have a defensive tackle in Venice (Fla.) Jarrod Hewitt. Oliver could work either at end or shuffle inside to the three-technique. Rutgers often moves its defensive ends inside on passing downs, and Oliver sees himself in that spot.
“We definitely talked about that,” Oliver said. “They see me outside making plays, but I can be inside as well in the right situations in 4-3, 3-4 things. The way my program is set up is pretty similar.”
Like the 17 players before him, Oliver has his eyes on a championship at Rutgers.
“It starts with the academics and the family at Rutgers and their motto,” he said. “I like that, and I’m there looking to win a championship. … They were very impressive for their one year in the Big Ten..”
The 265-pound Oliver said to expect a hard worker next season.
“I’m coming to be the best player I can be,” he said. “I strive to be in the NFL. I’m going to put in the work and more. I want to be great on and off the field.”